February, 2019

How To Deal With Software Development By Embracing The Slow Down Strategy

Incredo

According to Standish Group’s Chaos Report , the reason behind the delay in 94% of software development projects is that the programmers need to redevelop from scratch over and over again. SaaS Development

Are you forgetting the “service” part of SaaS?

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

Ok, let me remind us all of the blatantly obvious: “SaaS” stands for “software-as-service.” Yup, “service” is right there in the name. But looking at the way most SaaS solutions are marketed, too often it’s all about the “software”, and not much about the “service.”

Best SaaS Pricing Pages – 4 Key Examples From Crazy Egg Experts

The Daily Egg

Source Service as a software companies had better put their best SaaS pricing pages forward if they hope to stay on top of the competition. The thing is, it’s not easy developing the perfect pricing page, no matter what type of service you offer. You may wonder if you should have a free plan.

How To Treat Your Largest Customer. TL;DR: With Honesty, Insane Commitment and Transparency.

SaaStr

Recently for the SaaStr Annual, we were “the largest customer” for 3 vendors. All 3 lied to us: One vendor was a friend of a departed contractor. This is a pretty common way deals are done, even today. The champion’s favorite vendor.

What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

Diverse Startups Do Better: How To Make Yours More Inclusive At Any Stage

TechStars

“Decades of research by organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers show that socially diverse groups (that is, those with a diversity of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation) are more innovative than homogeneous groups.”.

Pipeline Velocity: Why It Matters, How To Measure It and How It Helps

InsightSquared

Here in Boston, we love rowing. Every year thousands of us crowd around the Charles River to watch boats gracefully glide along the river as they race at the Head of the Charles Regatta.

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1.01^365 = 37.7

Tom Tunguz

Before we’d leave campus - Christmas vacation or spring break or summer vacation - our rowing coach would tell us, “You’re either getting faster or you’re getting slower. There’s no such thing as staying the same.” It was his way of inspiring us to train hard during those times.

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What is Click Through Rate? Learn How to Increase It in 6 Steps

The Daily Egg

A marketing campaign with a low click-through rate (CTR) isn’t going to provide you with the return on your investment (ROI) like you expect. Only when your prospects are clicking-through can they progress through the rest of your marketing funnel.

6 Things To Look for When Reviewing New Account Exec Resumes

SaaStr

Here’s what I look for to try to get a sense if they’ll perform: Do they call out top performance with metrics ? The best reps are often quite precise. E.g., hit 152% of Quota last year, 143% year before, etc. Maybe they are exaggerating, that’s besides the point.

Twelve Years of Investing in Women

TechStars

By Joanne Wilson, Gotham Gal. Photo Credit: David Johnson. I began investing in women over a decade ago. It was a major part of my investing thesis. Twelve years doesn’t seem like a lot of time but in the world of technology it was a long, long time ago. People Just Weren’t Listening.

The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

Using Data to Run Your Sales Development Team

InsightSquared

Over the last twenty-five years, I have worked in a variety of environments and roles that, in one way or another, focused on the pursuit of sales. During those years, there were many times when I was frustrated by the lack of reporting capabilities necessary to drive continuous improvement.

The fundamentals of repeatable SaaS success

SaaStock

Today we bring you the first of our extended podcast episodes, where Alex gets to ask the nitty-gritty details he usually doesn’t have time for. These hour-long episodes offer a well-rounded insight into the workings of some of the most successful SaaS founders and their companies.

Should Your Startup Differentiate On Pricing?

Tom Tunguz

Startups are innovation machines. They identify market opportunities, develop novel products and go out to change the world. Some companies want to change the world in one dimension: a better product or a disruptive go-to-market.

The Best Ecommerce Landing Pages to Boost Your Conversions

The Daily Egg

When attempting to become the best eseller you can be, you may wish to take a few notes from some of the best ecommerce landing pages being published today. If developed and optimized effectively, an ecommerce landing page can become a major catalyst for conversions.

Your 2-Part Metrics Audit for High-Value Products

Speaker: Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, Startup Patterns

You know what they say: what's measured improves. As product managers we're in a golden age of being able to get all sorts of metrics and run all sorts of experiments. But what are your measurements and analytics focused on? Are they really truly objective? Do they contribute to the ultimate vision of your product? And is everybody clear on that vision? Join Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, as he takes you through a two-part measurement audit. First, you'll learn how to make sure your measurements actually align with your product strategy. And second, you'll learn how to evaluate your culture of using measurements, so future experiments will more consistently provide high-value results.

5 Reasons Not To Raise Prices on Existing Customers. And 2 Better Ways to Do It Anyway.

SaaStr

I remember the first time I tried to do the Old Price-Raise-Without-Notice tactic. We’d closed Qualcomm in Year 1 for the grand total of $10,000. Not all of Qualcomm, but a nice division.

After the Exit: What’s Next for SendGrid Founder Isaac Saldana?

TechStars

Techstars Studio is Isaac’s Way of Giving First & Giving Back. Ever wondered what a startup founder does after their company is acquired for billions of dollars ?

A Peek Into Demandbase’s Data-Driven Field Marketing Approach

InsightSquared

The late great Dr. Seuss once said “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Sure, this captures the attention of bookworms and library dwellers but knowledge is also king in B2B marketing.

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38 Bright Asian SaaS Stars

SaaStock

When we announced a few weeks ago that we would be bringing our leading SaaS conference to Asia, and running it in Hong Kong, many locals thanked us for choosing the city. As we mentioned in our launch post, we couldn’t not do it there, with its international spirit, openness to everyone, relaxed atmosphere, and proximity to many other SaaS hubs around, all attracting us to Hong Kong.

Measure the Immeasurable: Beyond Vanity Metrics

Speaker: Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor, Product School

As a product manager, it's your job to realize your product’s vision by executing your chosen strategy. It’s also your job to deliver value to the business. Ultimately, these two outcomes are aligned so the temptation is to focus primarily on business metrics. Doing this can cause you to lose focus on the real value you are trying to achieve, in favor of moving the vanity metrics such as launches and time spent. Join Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor at Product School, as she explains how to use immeasurable success criteria along with your more standard KPIs to deliver products that don't just get used a lot, but deliver real value.

A New Architecture for Next-Generation Software Companies: Announcing Mattermost

Tom Tunguz

The first wave of SaaS is 20 years old. Today, the SaaS model dominates. But we’re seeing the emergence of a different type of next-generation software company. A new wave of companies that is responding to the changing needs of customers by innovating their architecture.

The Best CRO Strategy for 2019

The Daily Egg

As the new year rolls around, you may be considering a new CRO strategy to help you exceed last year’s traffic and revenue goals. If so, you’ve come to the right place, and you’re acting at just the right time.

You Should Be Collecting At Least 100% Of Your MRR Each Month in Cash. Ideally, 110%+.

SaaStr

Cash collections is a topic we haven’t discussed much on SaaStr, but boy it can be important all the way until you have a CFO. And often after. What’s the issue? The issue is that most SaaS start-ups are terrible at collecting cash that doesn’t come from a payment gateway.

Preserving Lives: Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Spotlight on Lazarus, Tech for Law Enforcement

TechStars

Highlights of student-led ventures participating in the LaunchPad Lift Cohort , part of the Blackstone LaunchPad® powered by Techstars® entrepreneurship program. Lazarus founders Ben Omonira and Elise Hackney.

Build Delightful Products with Customer Validation

Speaker: John Little, Head of Product Marketing, Centercode

When it comes to delivering a solid product/market fit, customer validation is key. After all, you want to provide customers with a product that not only fills the need, but is delightful -- right? To get there, you need to commit to a vital blend of market research, strategy, and user testing. Join John Little, Head of Product Marketing at Centercode, as he explains a two-part approach to customer validation. First, how do you strategically identify your top product areas that need attention prior to release. And second, how do you turn user data into strategic priorities that help the right teams make the right decisions.

Reverse Engineer Pipeline to Hit Your Goals

InsightSquared

We talk to people all the time who have just been handed a goal by their board, and they are scrambling to figure out how they are going to hit that number.

Scale with fellow founders at SaaSociety

SaaStock

In what can be rightfully deemed the era of the entrepreneur, we often gravitate towards glorifying founders; their successes and lifestyles. Yet it is becoming increasingly clear that in a lot of cases, the life of the founder is anything but spectacular.

Top 10 Learnings from the Redpoint Free Trial Survey

Tom Tunguz

Top 10 Learning about Free Trials from Tomasz Tunguz. At Saastr yesterday, I presented the top 10 learnings from the Redpoint Free Trial Survey that we distributed in October. The data confirmed many rules of thumb but also raised some interesting new questions about the best way to use trials. When we distributed the survey, we never would have expected the response. About 600 companies submitted data. They span single digit ARR businesses to publicly traded SaaS companies.

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Pro Tips For Growing Your Ecommerce Store

The Daily Egg

“If I’m not sleeping, then I’m active on Shopify.” ” Does that quote sound like something you’d say? Recently, we announced the addition of Crazy Egg to the Shopify App store.

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Encouraging Innovation in an Established Product Culture

Speaker: Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies

Innovation is both a process and an outcome. The best way to begin innovating your products is by innovating your internal process. We'll explore the challenges, solutions, and hands-on techniques for becoming a successful "agent of change" within a well-established product culture. We'll examine the importance of UX and user-centric feature analysis, the adaptation of Agile Methodologies to the creative process, as well as a way to drive successful culture change for setting expectations and winning approvals with cross-functional stakeholders. Innovation and Leadership go hand in hand. Join Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies, as we assess some case studies to see how to lead with a clear strategy well-defined tactics, and an unbiased understanding of the fundamental question: "why are you innovating?"

Bring the SaaStr Annual Learnings Back to Your Company — With SaaStr Pro!

SaaStr

Wondering how to bring SaaStr learnings into your company? We’ve got the answer! We’ll train your team in the very top lessons of SaaStr. How to drive deal size up! How to decrease churn! How to sell more a solution, and less of a tool!

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Techstars Is Coming To Town

TechStars

What a time to be a Techstars company! As per CB Insights , 48% of Techstars companies successfully raise follow-on capital (more than $750,000) within their first year post-program.

Five Reasons You Need to Attend Ramp by InsightSquared

InsightSquared

The revenue ops event of the year is back and better than ever. Sales, marketing, and business operations professionals will join forces for Ramp by InsightSquared June 13-14 at the Revere Hotel in Boston, MA.

Creating the next East Coast SaaS mafia

SaaStock

We are super excited to announce that SaaStock East Coast 2019 taking place in New York on June 4-6, is now open for registration. Grab a super early bird ticket before midnight February 13th.

Embedding Operational Reports: Everything Product Managers Should Know

Speaker: Dean Yao, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Businesses are run with analytics - but companies continue to struggle with interpreting, analyzing, and distributing data. Operational reports help get information to the people who need it most, in formats they understand, and in a timeframe that matters. Join the webinar to learn how embedding operational reports can give your users a precisely formatted, ready-to-analyze view of their operational activities. World-class software teams are embedding operational reports to empower end users with interactive data visualizations, detailed information, and highly precise formats that can be shared via email, PDF, print, or online.